Caglar Akay

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Phone: +49 (0) 341 235 1759

Office: Building 1.0, Room 023


Curriculum Vitae

2020 - present PhD Student, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Department of Environmental Biotechnology
2018 – 2020 M.Sc. in Ecotoxicology, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)
2014 – 2017 M.Sc. in Environmental Technology, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey)
2010 – 2014 B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Yildiz Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey)


My research focuses on the anaerobic/anoxic microbial transformation of antibiotics, in particular sulfonamides that are widely used for human and veterinary purposes. Their incomplete removal in conventional wastewater treatment plants and frequent presence in various environmental matrices raise concerns on the formation and spread of antibiotic resistance. Understanding the fate and improving the removal of sulfonamides is the main objective of my research. For this purpose, I develop and apply microbiological, molecular, analytical chemistry and engineering methods.


Akay, C., & Tezel, U. (2020). Biotransformation of Acetaminophen by intact cells and crude enzymes of bacteria: A comparative study and modelling. The Science of the total environment, 703, 134990.


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